South Yuba River SP
Gold Panning Demonstrations
offered every Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. 11am - 2pm at Bridgeport.
This 20-mile portion of the South Yuba River canyon stretches from Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park to Bridgeport covered bridge. The area includes the longest single-span covered bridge in the world, the steep rugged canyon of the South Yuba River, and the Independence Trail — the first identified wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail in the country.
South Yuba River State Park offers many scenic vistas. Visitors can view fast water pouring over massive granite ledges in the spring and warm, slow moving emerald swimming holes during the late summer.
Visitors can enjoy :
panning for gold
beautiful wildflowers in the spring
exploring the trails leading to historic mining sites
Docent-led history, nature, and gold-panning tours are also offered at selected times throughout the year.
Adventuresome hikers have a choice of trails ranging in difficulty from the easiest (Independence Trail), to other more strenuous trails throughout the park.
South Yuba River State Park headquarters located at Bridgeport, 17660 Pleasant Valley Rd can be accessed from Highway 20 west of Grass Valley or from Higway 49 north of Nevada City. Remote portions of the park are accessible from Edwards Crossing, Purdon Crossing, and Highway 49.
A historic water ditch has been adapted to carry wheelchairs and hikers across the Independence Trail. The trail features waterfalls, scenic vistas, and a gentle switchback descent to a mountain stream on a wooden flume accesible by wheelchair. Outhouses with full wheelchair access are located at several points along the trail.
Winter and Spring weather conditions can cause the trail to become muddy and impassable for wheelchairs. Call the park for trail condition information before you go.
- Hours of Operation:
Call the Park
- Park Office Telephone:
Ranger Office 530-432-2546
Sector Office 530-273-3884
Day use: Sunrise -Sunset
Visitor Center Parking Lot
Open 10 am - Sunset
Visitor Center Hours
Thu - Sun 11am - 4pm
Day Use: Sunrise - 10pm
17660 Pleasant Valley Road
Penn Valley, CA 95946